Top 5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Charter Boat To Rent For A Caribbean Sailing Vacation.

What Are The Top 5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Charter Boat To Rent For A Caribbean Sailing Vacation.

There is a wide range of boats to choose from when picking your sailing vacation home.  There are monohulls, catamarans, trimarans and motor yachts.  There are old boats and new boats.  There are smaller boats and larger boats.  And, for yacht vacations, there are yachts with crews and yachts without crews.  In my next blog post, I’m going to discuss, for boats with crews, what is more important, the crew or the boat.  But for this blog, I’d like to discuss the most important aspect of the yachts themselves, regardless of size, budget, crews or age.

So, in no particular order, and after running several hundred Caribbean sailing charters personally.

Here Are IYachtClub’s top 5 things to look for in your next charter yacht.

  1. Toys: On most Caribbean sailing holidays, guests spend about as much time in the water as they do on the yacht.  Toys are important.  Look for a boat that has lots of large mats.  Giant blow up animals are fun. SUP’s (stand up paddle boards) – Paddle boarding is awesome and easy.  Kayaking, particularly late in the day and early in the morning is fantastic.  All of those items,as well as snorkel gear, should be standard on any great charter boat.  So, look for a boat that has something “else”… something special.  Sub wings, foils, underwater scooters, snuba– these are all activities that you can’t do at home and all worth trying.There is perception by many that activities like tubing, water skiing, and wake boarding are important to the charter and that those activities will be much like the same activities on a lake back home.  All of this is false.   Yes, you can tube, ski and wakeboard for sure, but the chop keeps you from having the flat calm you get on a lake. The reality is that there are simply much better things to do.
  2. Dry Heads: I don’t know where this term came from, but it is so important.  Up until about 2008, and for many boats built after that, the shower and the toilet are in the same space.  Look for boats with showers in a separate space.  It sounds like such a simple thing, but the difference is huge and being able to keep the shower water in the “shower”, and away from everything else will make your week on a yacht charter much more enjoyable.
  3. “Real Toilets” (Electric) . This is sensitive topic for a blog, but don’t let anyone tell you that a manual (pump) toilet is as nice as a “real toilet” (electric) .  Even older boats can be upgraded.  Do NOT book a boat that requires you to manually pump the toilet.  For your next sailing tour, reserve a boat that requires the simple push of a button when your business is done.
  4. Décor: For your next Caribbean sailing adventure, look for a boat that suits your “style” –sleek, bright&contemporary  or something with a touch of old world charm…wood and traditional décor.Require your boat to have hardwoods, or any other solid surface floor as opposed to carpet.  If an older boat, has it been upfitted/updated recently? The look and feel of “new” will enhance the time you spend and show the care that has been given to the boat you select.  You want to feel welcome and at home in your home away from home.
  5. Spaces: Regardless of how many people you bring with you on your yacht holiday, and regardless of how much you like them, you are going to want multiple places to spread out during your vacation for some treasured quite time. All yachts have a traditional “cockpit” area, with seating and a table for dining.  Newer boats now come with Flybridges or a Sun Lounge – large second level spaces that are perfect when the boat is moving or at anchor.  The best boats also have forward sitting areas.  This could simply be bean bag chairs and  a trampoline, bow peak seating making you feel like King/Queen of the world, or more elaborate spaces with built in seating and shade.  One way or another, whether your group is 2 or 20 people, at some point you are going to want space.  Make sure the yacht you choose for your next sailboat trip has enough different spaces to create some privacy when needed.

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The Top Five Caribbean Sailing Vacations cocktails

Top Five Caribbean Cocktails Not To Miss On BVI Vacation

Bar hoping and partaking in the sundowner drinks is a big part of the fun when you take a yacht vacation.  Sometimes the drinking starts early and goes all day.  But, sometimes it starts about 5pm when the captain of your sailboat trips serves up on of the charter yachts specialty drinks. 

It is hard to spend a week on a Caribbean sailing holiday without trying or more of these famous concoctions…  iyachtclubs top five drinks to try on your next Caribbean sailing adventure. 

First Cocktail Is Painkiller

People argue about who invented it.  Some say it was Pussers.  Some say it was invented on the beaches of white bay at the soggy dollar bar.  But everyone agrees that a painkiller is awesome…. And simple to make.

Painkiller Recipe

  • 2 Oz Rum (you preference
  • 1 Oz Cream de Coconut (Coco Lopez)
  • 4 Oz Pineapple
  • 1 Oz Orange Juice

TIP: Pre-mix pineapple, Coco Lopez and OJ in an empty water jug and bring it to the beach. Serve over rum and ice. Shave nutmeg on top.  TIP #2, use a flavored rum, like from Cruzan… I particularly like Mango and Banana, but let your imagination run wild.

Second Cocktail Is Ting thing

A ting thing is equal parts amazing and amazingly easy.  Ting is a grapefruit soda that is sometimes difficult to find in some parts of the world.  Its citrus flavors mix well with rum and vodka, but when you mix it with gin, that is when the magic begins.  The floral nature of gin mixes perfectly with Ting, making it an easy to drink and refreshing addition to any sailboat trip.

Ting Thing Recipe

2 oz of Gin (your preference)

6 oz of Ting (the green one, not the pink one)


TIP.  Garnish this drink with a lime and drink it on the front of a catamaran on your next Caribbean sailing vacation

Third Cocktail Is Seabastians on the rocks

The next time you take a Caribbean sailing adventure, try to find your way to Apple Bay on Tortola.  There, you will find a boutique hotel and bar, called Seabastians by the Sea.  The place is nice.  The food is good.  But, their claim to fame is their blended rum.  Most who read this will think this is impossible, that that little bar, in the middle of nowhere, has the best blended rum in the world.  Those are are skeptical, take a yacht vacation in the Virgin Islands and try it.  I’m sure you will agree.

Seabastians on the rocks “recipe”

4 oz of Seabastians blended rum



TIP.  Be careful.  It taste a lot like southern sweet tea… but is 80 proof, and straight liquor. 

Fourth Cocktail Is Limin’ de coconut

Simple yet refreshing, this simple and wonderful drink is perfect on the trampoline of a catamaran on any yacht charter vacation.   Another fun-in-the-sun refresher, this one’s easy and hassle-free.

Limin’ de Coconut Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Light Rum
  • 1 1/2 oz Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz Roses Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Coco Lopez

Fifth Cocktail Is Coconut Margarita

Finally, I’d like to introduce to you the perfect margarita… the Coconut Margarita.  Like a Seabations on the rocks, this is one to be careful of.  This simple blend of 1800 coconut and limes is smooth going down, but can really rock your boat.  It makes a nice after dinner cocktail if Mexican is served during your Caribbean sailing vacation and is fast and simple to make.

Coconut Margarita Recipe

Mull one whole lime in a highball glass

Add ice

Fill glass with 1800 coconut


iYachtClub captains and chefs are amazing mixologist.  Their goal on any Caribbean sailing adventure is to introduce our guests to all kinds of new tastes and experiences.  Make sure you ask them for these, and any other specialty drinks they recommend on your next sailing holiday.